Storms destroy hundreds of homes in five provinces

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courtesy of the National Police

Strong winds during severe storms destroyed more than 100 houses in five provinces over the weekend.

A Water Resources Ministry statement on Saturday said that 23 houses were destroyed on Friday in Takeo province’s Bati district, 11 in Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district, five in Pursat province’s Kravanh district and two in Prey Veng province’s Sithor Kandal district.

It said strong winds on Saturday destroyed 43 houses in Banteay Meanchey province’s Phnom Srok district, 30 in Kampong Speu province’s Oral district and 20 in Battambang province’s Kamrieng district.

Suon Bava, Banteay Meanchey governor, yesterday said that the authorities visited and delivered aid to the 43 affected families, adding that so far aid had been given to 437 families whose homes were destroyed in storms since March.

“Nearly 500 families in five districts and communes in Batteay Meanchy province suffered from strong winds since March and the authorities repaired some houses and provided donations,” he said.

The Ministry statement warned that from Friday to Wednesday the Kingdom will experience storms with strong winds and urged people to be on the alert for lightning strikes.

Teang Eang, the Cambodian Red Cross Siem Reap branch deputy chief, yesterday also visited storm victims in the province and Banteay Meanchey to deliver aid.

“As part of the government’s initiatives, the Cambodian Red Cross will always help families who suffer from natural disasters,” she said. “Please be careful during the dry season when there are occasional storms which bring strong winds.”

According to a National Committee for Disaster Management report, there were 29 storms so far this year which destroyed 75 houses in 13 provinces.

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